Giants fire coach McAdoo, GM Reese

The New York Giants fired head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese on Monday, a day after the team fell to 2-10 on the season.

Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will be named the interim head coach while assistant general manager Kevin Abrams has been named interim GM, according to multiple reports.

Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo
Giants GM Jerry Reese hired coach Ben McAdoo in January of 2016. Both were fired Monday. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Reports of McAdoo’s pending dismissal emerged Sunday morning, before the Giants lost 24-17 at the Oakland Raiders. He took over for Tom Coughlin after the 2015 season, and the Giants went 11-5 in 2016 and ended a five-year playoff drought in McAdoo’s first season.

Reese has been with the franchise since 1994, and has served as the general manager since 2007. He helped build two Super Bowl teams, but has been heavily criticized in recent seasons for failing to upgrade the offensive line – an issue that has been at the forefront during the disappointing 2017 season.

Super Bowl aspirations over the offseason began to crumble quickly, beginning with wide receiver Odell Beckham’s ankle injury in the preseason. He missed the regular-season opener before returning in Game 2, only to suffer a season-ending fractured ankle in Week 5.

Minus their dynamic big-play threat and fellow wide receiver Brandon Marshall, it became clear how dependent the offense had become upon Beckham’s presence. With no established feature back and a shaky offensive line, quarterback Eli Manning struggled to move the ball with any consistency during an 0-5 start.

Meanwhile, the highly-paid defense was unable to pick up the slack. The issues continued to mount with McAdoo suspending cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie each for a game for separate violations of team rules.

The Giants released a statement following a 31-21 loss to the previously winless San Francisco 49ers that McAdoo would not be fired before the end of the season. Two weeks later, McAdoo made the highly controversial decision to bench Manning in favor of Geno Smith leading up to the Raiders game. Mara signed off on the move, but McAddo was widely criticized for how the decision to end Manning’s 210-game starting streak was handled.

Last week, co-owner John Mara declined to guarantee that McAdoo would still make it through the season.

McAdoo was hired by the Giants from the Green Bay Packers before the 2014 season and worked for two seasons under Coughlin. The Giants averaged 25 points per game in McAdoo’s first two seasons, but dropped to 19.4 last year and are at 15.6 this season.

Co-owners Mara and Steve Tisch made the call to fire McAdoo less than two years into his four-year contract.

Reese enjoyed two Super Bowl wins through his first six seasons as the GM, but the Giants have missed the playoffs in five of the past six seasons and only 10 of his 43 draft picks from 2010-15 remain with the team.

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